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October 25, 2013     
Village of Shorewood
Manager's Weekly Memo

 

Village Board Meeting Highlights

The Village Board held its regular meeting on Monday, October 21, 2013. The Board: 

  1. Authorized filling the Department of Public Works position vacated by retirement.
  2. Approved the contract for Civic Plus to create and support the Village website.
  3. Approved the Cigarette and Tobacco License, Village Petroleum LLC d/b/a Amstar, 4000 N Wilson Drive.
  4. Approved the weights and measures license assessment.
  5. Approved the ordinance amending building code regarding retaining wall requirements.
  6. Approved amendment to MMSD private property inflow and infiltration funding agreement for 2012/2013.
  7. Approved a pilot project on waste stream reduction.
  8. Approved engineering for Harbor Development Extension of Estabrook Drive Project.
  9. Approved a special privilege permit for brick pillars in the public way at 4532 N Wilson Drive by Estabrook Homes. 

 

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 Shorewood Connects Reminder

 

"Shorewood Connects Yard Clean-up is still looking for at least 50 more volunteers for Saturday, November 2 from 9AM-noon. Sign up by Friday, October 25 with Michelle Boehm at michelle.boehm@sbcglobal.net or 414-698-4369.  Volunteers are needed to help older adults prepare their yards for winter.   It is a great Shorewood community event with neighbors helping neighbors so get out your rake and sign up!  It's not just about the leaves!

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Halloween Trick or Treat Hours

This year the Halloween Hours will be on Sunday, October 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. Have a safe and fun Holiday!

Here are some safety tips to make your trick or treat experience enjoyable:

  • If possible, never trick or treat alone
  • Stop, take off any mask and look both ways before crossing a street
  • Never run up steps to get to the door, you could fall and hurt yourself
  • Go up to homes that have a porch light on or someone watching for you, not to a home that is dark
  • Have a parent check all candy before you eat it and never eat unwrapped candy
  • Lastly, Have Fun!

 

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Thank You for the Great Response! 

 

The final total for the online resident survey responses was 1,590 with a return percentage of 23.5%. That return is the highest since 2003 and it far exceeded our expectations. Thank you to all the residents who completed the survey! Look for the results coming soon!

  

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What do you want Shorewood's Future to look like in 2025?

 

The Shorewood Village Board invites you to a community meeting to discuss the 2025 Vision Plan. The meeting will be held on Saturday, November 9 at 9 a.m. in the Shorewood Intermediate School Commons Area, 3830 N. Morris Avenue.

 

The Vision Plan puts together a picture of what you want the community's future to look like in 2025 and how we can get there. Resident input is crucial during this process.

 

So join us on November 9 and let your voice be heard!

       

 

 

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Budget Hearing Monday, November 18 

   

Village Board and staff have concluded their review of the budget. The Board is proposing a tax levy increase of .96%. The budget hearing is scheduled for Monday, November 18 at 7:30 pm in the Village Hall Court Room. The hearing is open to public comment. The preliminary 2014 Budget is available here and a hard copy is available for review at the Customer Service desk.    

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Public Works

DPW Notes
 
  • Curbside yard waste AND brush collection runs ONLY through November.  During winter months, large brush may be brought to the DPW yard the first Saturday of each month.  To view a schedule, click here.  
  • Leaf collection began this week and will continue through the first Friday in December OR when a winter weather event requires the conversion of the leaf trucks to salters.  From that point on, leaves will be collected in paper yard waste bags only.  For more information, click here. 

 

 

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Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission

 

Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) is launching a major planning effort-"VISION 2050"-that aims to update, reevaluate, and extend the regional land use and transportation plans to the year 2050.  The planning will utilize "visioning," which will involve region residents defining how they want their communities and the region to develop, and how they want to be connected to the different places in their communities and the region where they live, work, and play. The intended result of the VISION 2050 effort will be a long-range vision for land use and transportation in the region, and year 2050 regional land use and transportation plans for Southeastern Wisconsin.  You can learn more about visioning for the year 2050 on the VISION 2050 websiteYou can access draft chapters of the plan as they are prepared during the planning process here.

 

Milwaukee-area meeting on Tuesday, October 29 @ 5 p.m. 

Milwaukee County War Memorial Center

750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive

   

 

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The Shorewood Conservation Committee presents "WaterLife"  on November 8. 

 

The Shorewood Conservation Committee will present the film "Waterlife" on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the SHS Auditorium. This event is free, open to the public and appropriate for all ages. 

 

About the Film:  

 

WATERLIFE follows the epic cascade of the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. From the icy cliffs of Lake Superior to the ornate fountains of Chicago to the sewers of Windsor, this feature-length documentary tells the story of the last huge supply (20 percent) of fresh water on Earth.

 

The source of drinking water, fish and emotional sustenance for 35 million people, the Great Lakes are under assault by toxins, sewage, invasive species, dropping water levels and profound apathy. Some scientists believe the lakes are on the verge of ecological collapse.

Filled with fascinating characters and stunning imagery, WATERLIFE is an epic cinematic poem about the beauty of water and the dangers of taking it for granted.

 

The film is narrated by The Tragically Hip's Gord Downie and features music by Sam Roberts, Sufjan Stevens, Sigur Ros, Robbie Robertson and Brian Eno.

 

 

 

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Constructing or Repairing a Retaining Wall?

 

At last Monday's Village Board meeting an ordinance was adopted detailing regulations on retaining wall construction.  The key change- any retaining wall that exceeds 2 feet in height requires a building permit. The new requirements explain what materials may be used, what materials should accompany the permit and review considerations.  Like fences, retaining walls may be constructed along a property border.  When located along the border, a survey is required to ensure construction does not occur on to an adjacent neighboring property.   Please contact the Planning & Development Department should you have further questions at PAD@villageofshorewood.org or 414.847.2640.  Click here for more information.  

 


 

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More Ebooks!!

 

The recent planning survey conducted by the Shorewood Library contained many comments about ebooks.  People want more ebooks and shorter waiting time to get popular titles.  The public libraries in Wisconsin have pooled our funding for ebooks and we all share one large collection.  In addition, Milwaukee County libraries have joined together to purchase even more copies of popular titles.  However, there are still some publishers who will not sell ebooks to libraries or price them prohibitively high.  Just in the past month, Penguin finally made their ebooks available to libraries.  It is a situation that continues to evolve with the American Library Association working to get more ebooks available to libraries.

 

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One Last Day for Flu Shots!

 

The last day for the North Shore Health Department flu shot clinics is: 

  • Saturday, October 26, 9-11 a.m. at Brown Deer Village Hall. 

The North Shore Health Department is able to offer flu vaccine for adults of all ages for $30-$35 (depending on the type of vaccine) or they will bill original Medicare for adults with original Medicare.  Flu immunizations can be provided to children who do not have health insurance or whose health insurance does not cover flu immunizations at a reduced cost using publicly funded vaccine from the Vaccine for Children Program.  The Health Department is also able to immunize children whose health insurance covers flu immunizations with privately purchased vaccine at a cost of $30 - $35 (depending on the type of vaccine).

 

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Calendar of Events

Shorewood High School  Fall Musical: Putnam County Spelling Bee
Fri., Nov. 1 at 7 p.m, Sat., Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 3 at 2 p.m.
Shorewood High School Auditorium

Members of Shorewood Drama will present their fall show "The  25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."  The musical tells the story of six young people in the throes of puberty overseen by adults who barely managed to escape childhood themselves. 
 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shorewood, WI
In This Issue
Board Highlights
Clean-up Day
Trick or Treat
Resident Survey
Community Vision Meeting
Budget Hearing
DPW Notes
SWERPC
Waterlife
Retaining Wall Ordinance
Ebooks
Flu Shots
Events
Trick or Treat
Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM
to 4:00 PM

Community Development Authority
Friday, November 01, 2013 at 7:30 AM
Committee Room
Cancelled

Village Board Meeting
Monday, November 04, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Court Room

Conservation Committee
Thursday, November 07, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Committee room
Quotes of the Week
 
True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.

Socrates

Health Tip


According to research from the University of Massachusetts, you'll eat up to 288 calories more if you eat in front of the TV.
Instead, eat at the table, and trade 1 hour of TV for a casual walk. Together, that's 527 calories burned.

 

 

Environmental Tips

If a pest or weed problem develops, use an "integrated approach" to address the problem. Physical controls like traps, barriers, fabric row covers or plants that repel pests can work for some pests without using pesticides. 

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